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Infographic: Putting Trauma on the Map

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines how the U.S. can sustain advances made in military trauma care and apply those advances to the civilian sector. This infographic outlines the route to bridging these two sectors in order to improve trauma care.

Complimentary Webinar on Trauma Trends: June 21, 2016, 10:30 – 11:30 am PST

Join The Abaris Group experts as they discuss the past and current trends for trauma centers and trauma systems in the U.S. To register for the free webinar, please click here

A Federal Perspective: 50 Years of Helping EMS Systems Improve

On the 50th anniversary of the birth of modern EMS, EMS Strong reflects on the role the federal government has had in helping local agencies and care providers serve their communities. Click here to read the full story.

Ground Vehicle Standard for Ambulances Announced

The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) announced the publication of its long awaited Ground Vehicle Standard (GVS) for Ambulances, defining the “gold standard” for operations in the medical transportation industry. The consensus group was made up of professionals, including public and private EMS providers, regulators, physicians, equipment manufacturers and other subject matter experts.

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Medscape Emergency Medicine Physician Compensation Report 2016

Emergency medicine (EM) physicians had a 5 percent increase in income this year, about in the middle among all physicians. When asked about their compensation for patient care, EM physicians were about in the middle ($322,000). They ranked slightly higher in last year's compensation report, even though their earnings were lower then ($306,000). When asked what they attributed their increases to, most EM physicians responded that they were working more hours. Many had experienced an increase in patient volume. Others simply received raises or changed jobs or positions.

Demographics and insurance drive investment in urgent care centers

A recent Wall Street Journal article describes the surge in urgent care, with hospital chains, insurance companies and health systems driving the investment in this space. Although estimates of the number of centers in the U.S. are as high as 10,000, demand for high-quality, noncritical care is fueling further growth. Forecasts only show an increase in number of centers as the population ages and more people get access to health insurance.

Better Financing Drives Level 1 Trauma Center Construction But May Dilute Care Effectiveness

A recent Modern Healthcare article reviews the incentives behind the growth in new urban trauma centers. But is more always a good thing? Existing providers worry that fragmenting a limited patient population may undermine care. Click here to read the full story.

Innovations in EMS Delivery Around the Country Webinar

The Abaris Group hosted a webinar, Innovations in EMS Delivery Around the Country.

2015 CMS Hospital Outpatient Fee Schedule Final Regulations for EDs and Trauma Centers Are Out, Packaging of Ancillary Services Among Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the final rules for the 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates. The final rules have several changes from the draft rules (which were released in July of this year) and these changes can have a significant impact on the bottom line of EDs and trauma centers.